Amy Rebecca Tan is a children's book author, a librarian, and a bookseller.  She has a master's degree in special education and has taught in the New York City public school system. 

She lives in New Jersey with her husband, their two children, and a very grateful rescue dog.

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I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, the middle child of three girls. We always had a dog growing up. This is me with my first dog, Bruce. Please note the size of his head compared to mine.

This is my fourth grade school photo. There are dark spots on my velour shirt (honestly - velour!) because my friends and I were playing with the water fountain right before the photo was taken. I was the only one who got splashed. I was really upset because I thought I would get in trouble at home for ruining my picture.

I didn't.

I also never played near a water fountain before a school photo again.

I've loved books as far back as I can remember. My first favorite book was Beverly Cleary's Henry Huggins. My second favorite book was The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. I loved Ponyboy and Johnny so much that I used to imagine myself into the story so I could be friends with them. I read both these books so many times they fell apart. I still have them and read them, but I have to hold them very carefully.

I studied child development in college and special education in graduate school. I love working with kids and volunteer once a week in an afterschool homework program. Kids and books have been the two steady threads in my life. I even worked in a book bindery for a year. I was a finisher, which means I used traditional craft equipment and techniques to label and decorate book spines with gold leaf. It was like being in a workshop in the 1800's.

I read constantly and I write whenever I can. Some of my best ideas come to me when I'm walking my dog or trying to fall asleep at night.

On a side note, it turns out my dog is part human and has figured out how to use pillows.

Thanks for reading about me!

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